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CPC securing plans to build a brand new school

28 July 2016

CPC with Neath Port Talbot County Borough secure plans to build a brand new school and funding for a new satellite school in Port Talbot.

Ysgol Bae Baglan

CPC working with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council to develop business cases for the following schemes in order to secure Welsh Government funding under the 21st Century Schools Programme (Band A):

  1.   1. Ysgol Bae Baglan
  2.   2. Britton Ferry Primaries
  3.   3. Awel Y Mor Primary School
  4.   4. Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera
  5.   5. Ystalyfera South
  6.   6. Dyffryn School

To date CPC has helped the Council achieve investment in schools, with funding received as part of the Welsh Government contribution.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, approved the business case for the new school to be built on the current Dyffryn School and Groes Primary school site.

Dyffryn School currently resides over a split site school, and this development will allow all pupils from years seven to 11 to be educated on the same site. Aberavon AM David Rees has welcomed the news. He said: "Children who will attend Dyffryn will be able to benefit from state of the art classrooms and teaching facilities as a result of this scheme.

"This news is extremely welcome as I know that Dyffryn has been looking for investment for many years so it can transfer its lower school onto one site."

This news comes following confirmation that Neath Port Talbot Council has also secured funding from the Welsh Government for a new Welsh medium comprehensive school in Sandfields, Port Talbot.

The satellite school of Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera will be called Ystalyfera South. It will cater for 650 pupils aged 11 to 16, who attend Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Rhos Afan, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tyle'r Ynn and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Castell-Nedd.

This announcement will be welcomed by parents of those pupils who will be attending the school, who were extremely concerned with the plans put forth initially to simply refurbish Sandfields Comprehensive School to accommodate the new Ystalyfera South site.

This investment, will lead to a brand new 21st century school building and up-to-date facilities for the pupils who, from September 2018 will attend Ystalyfera South.

Mr Rees added: "Following the announcement earlier this week regarding the new Welsh medium school in Sandfields, this is an exciting time for both English and Welsh medium education provision within Port Talbot.

"We must congratulate Neath Port Talbot Council on securing this much needed funding to provide 21st century education facilities for our children."

CPC Partner Mike Hughes said 'We are proud of our relationship with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and are both pleased and proud that we have helped achieve the funding to deliver the schools within the 21st Century Schools Programme that will benefit many children in the local area.'


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